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Mike Shatzkin: E-books enable better international and backlist sales

By Chris Meadows
October 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

Mike Shatzkin’s latest blog entry has some interesting points to ponder. Mainly, he has his say about Carolyn Reidy’s much-remarked-upon remarks about backlist in her keynote at the Book Industry Study Group’s meeting. But he also has some things to say about e-books enabling extraterritorial [...]

Google must unbundle its apps from Android, Russian antitrust agency rules

By Chris Meadows
October 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

Remember that FTC investigation into Android bundling Google’s software I mentioned last month, and a similar one going on in Europe? It turns out that the first actual battlefield on the matter Google has to face is in Russia, of all places. Russia’s most popular search engine, Yandex, holds [...]

‘Reporta’ reporter safety app is reportedly insecure

By Chris Meadows
October 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

You know what they say about the road to hell and good intentions? The latest example can be found in the form of “Reporta,” an app developed by digital marketing agency RevSquare on behalf of the International Women’s Media Federation. The app is intended to provide additional safety tools [...]

Thai printer declines to print today’s New York Times

By Chris Meadows
September 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

Here’s another way digital media can beat out paper media. The local printer in Thailand who puts out the New York Times elected not to print today’s issue due to a story critical of the Thai royal family. Thailand’s laws make it a crime to insult Thai royalty. The Times isn’t very happy [...]

Middle-Eastern refugees rely on inexpensive smartphones

By Chris Meadows
September 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

The plight of refugees in Europe has gotten a lot more attention in the last few days, thanks to the tragic story of a Syrian refugee child who drowned off Turkey. Part of that attention extends to the technology those refugees use, and it’s not always positive—some Twitter commentators have [...]

‘Future Library’ collects stories to print in 100 years

By Chris Meadows
September 7, 2015 // 1 Comment

Here’s an interesting literary art project that maybe our grandchildren will survive to read.  Ebook Friendly has an article about an art project in Norway called “Future Library.” There’s also an explanatory video, embedded below. A forest of trees have been planted to provide the [...]

In India, cheap smartphones could be a key to bridging language gaps

By Chris Meadows
August 27, 2015 // 1 Comment

India is an interesting emerging digital market. A number of American news outlets such as the Huffington Post and Business Insider are setting up India-specific versions of their sites in the hope of attracting new English-speaking users, but newspapers and television remain popular there, and the [...]

Mike Shatzkin discusses smartphone reading, German ‘soft’ DRM move

By Chris Meadows
August 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

Mike Shatzkin has posted his latest thoughts on the state of the publishing industry. This time he notices the trends toward increased smartphone e-reading and German conglomerates removing “hard” DRM from their e-books. Shatzkin ponders the meanings behind these two moves, largely separately. [...]

A self-published bestseller helps children get to sleep

By Chris Meadows
August 20, 2015 // 1 Comment

The Guardian reports on a 2014 Swedish self-published picture book whose English translation has, by word of mouth, suddenly shot to the top of Amazon’s bestseller lists on both sides of the Atlantic. While it doesn’t seem to work for everyone, The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep helps a [...]

An estimated cost breakdown for Google’s $50 smartphone

By Chris Meadows
August 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

Google has plans for a $50 Android One smartphone for the developing world, but how would such a phone be built? How much would they spend on each component? Engadget takes some guesses at the amounts and determines it can probably be done, but it may not be a very great phone. But then, any phone [...]

Start-ups in Europe look for new ways to give books digital life

By Chris Meadows
August 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

The BBC has an article looking at different ways that books (mostly e-books, but with a print example or two) can be made more attractive in the information age. One way has to do with digitally personalizing printed books with children’s names—not exactly a new idea, as I was given a [...]

Bucharest train station uses QR codes to bring e-books into the real world

By Chris Meadows
August 11, 2015 // 1 Comment

Here’s an update on a story we covered last year, about a Romanian company developing a way to display your e-books with digital bookshelf wallpaper. Web Urbanist has some great pictures of the Bucharest train station and its dramatic new wallpaper display listing hundreds of books with QR codes [...]

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